Chanel, Inc has become the latest brand holder to skip the UDRP process and head right for federal court.
Chanel filed a federal suit in the Florida Southern District Court seeking $100,000 under the ACPA seeking statutory damages of $100,00 per domain and attorney fees as well as counterfeiting, false designation of origin, cybersquatting, and common law unfair competition
Here are the domain name subject to the suit:
Danny Pryor says
The list may actually be much longer than this. I checked the PACER docket list, myself, and it looks like they starting filing separate suits on each domain starting in May, but the defendant lists on each of the cases looks every domain owner in China got sued. Many of those cases have recently been closed, and based on a couple of filings it looks like the defendants are not responding, resulting in default judgments.
Interesting these cases are in the FLSD, though. For instance, chanelbagsforwomen.net is owned out of China, and Chanel is operating in New York, so how does the FLSD have jurisdiction over this case?
Anyone want to tackle that question? Ari? Howard? Mike?
Michael Berkens says
The last few of these cases I tracked have all been filed in the Florida District Court